It's been awhile since we last dropped an entry in The Internet's Greatest Feature, so we're coming back at you with a bang. This week's submission takes us to New Orleans, Louisiana where just last week the city decided to IMPLODE A BUILDING. Indeed, the old Grand Palace Hotel is no more, and THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON was there to document it.
Casual before and after pics after The Jump:
The city closed several streets and Interstate 10 before and after the demolition. The interstate was reopened Sunday morning.
The demolition took place to make way for the new University Medical Center, a hospital being built to replace the old Charity Hospital, which was closed after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and flooded the hospital's basement.
The Pallas Hotel was one of the last buildings remaining on the site of where the new hospital is being built. The building, originally called Claiborne Towers, has changed hands several times since its 1950 opening but has sat abandoned as a hotel for many years.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the implosion "an important milestone" for the city and its plans to build a biomedical corridor.